Friday, March 22, 2019

AMD Radeon GPUs and Developer Tools Tapped for Google Stadia

Building on a close, long-term collaboration between the two companies, AMD today announced that Google selected high-performance, custom AMD Radeon datacenter GPUs for its Vulkan® and Linux®-based Google Stadia. Google announced the platform today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Calif. AMD also is supporting Google with its software development tools and Linux-based, open-source Vulkan driver to help game developers optimize future titles to run on the new GPU-powered platform.

More Than Half of U.S. Adults Feel Less Connected with Their Closest Friends and Family

According to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Western Digital, more than half of Americans (54 percent) feel less of a deep connection with their inner circle than they did five years ago, specifically because they don't find meaningful ways to stay in touch. At the same time, 85 percent of respondents who share photos with their inner circles cite "strengthening personal relationships with friends and family" as one of their major drivers. This data suggests that privately sharing photos and videos with friends and family may help to deepen the connections that many people believe have weakened over the years, despite the proliferation of social media and smartphones. ibi™, the new smart photo manager, lets people collect, organize and privately share photos and videos with the people who matter most to them. 

Startup Shows Off Self-Service Stores

A credit card swipe gets you into the checkout-free miniature convenience store. After that, just grab Oreos, Pringles or other munchies, check your receipt and go. Startup AiFi presented its automated retail store, dubbed the NanoStore, at the GPU Technology Conference this week. The Silicon Valley-based company uses image recognition powered by a single NVIDIA T4 GPU to automatically capture customers’ shopping items and charge them. AiFi — an NVIDIA Inception winner last year — is now in pilot tests with its NanoStores and offers its store technology to retailers of all sizes. The NVIDIA Inception program is a virtual accelerator that helps startups get to market faster.

How AI Could Help Cardiologists Detect Heart Defects

Nearly a third of physicians will be sued at least once in their careers — most commonly for an error in diagnosis. Medical errors are also the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Deep learning has the potential to help doctors cut down on diagnostic errors, said cardiologist Rima Arnaout in a talk at the GPU Technology Conference. An assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Arnaout is focusing on the potential of AI to analyze cardiac ultrasounds and detect congenital heart disease from fetal ultrasounds.

Virtual Ride and DRIVE Gears Up GTC Attendees

The AI car of tomorrow opened its doors for a virtual spin this week at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. The DRIVE AutoPilot simulator experience on the GTC show floor combines the latest NVIDIA DRIVE technologies — DRIVE AP2X, DRIVE Constellation and DRIVE Sim — to show how AI is transforming the way we move.

Built out of a Mercedes-Benz E300, the simulator includes the DRIVE AGX Pegasus supercomputer, DRIVE AV autonomous driving software and DRIVE IX intelligent cockpit platform. The vehicle is connected to DRIVE Constellation and a surround video screen in front of the car plays the environment in which the car is driving in simulation.

Astronomers Turn to AI to Track Galaxies as New Telescopes Come Online

Good news: astronomers are getting new tools to let them see further, better than ever before. The bad news: they’ll soon be getting more data than humans can handle. To turn the vast quantities of data that will be pouring out of these instruments into world-changing scientific discoveries, Brant Robertson, a visiting professor at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Studies and an associate professor of astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, is turning to AI. “Astronomy is on the cusp of a new data revolution,” he said told a packed room at this week’s GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro SSD Review

Our friends at HotHardware say the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro SSD has strong performance and is aggressively priced. Here's a quote from the full review:

When we evaluated the original ADATA XPG SX8200 SSD last year, we found the drive to be a solid value that offered good performance for the money. So, when ADATA mentioned that it had an updated version of the XPG SX8200 available for review that should perform even better, we were eager to check it out.

DreamHack 2019 Coverage

OCInside has posted coverage of DreamHack 2019 for your viewing pleasure!

John Wick: Chapter 3 Trailer

Totally not tech related but, since I'm a fan, I thought I would share this trailer with you guys in case you haven't seen it yet.

Battlefield V Official Firestorm Gameplay Trailer

Fans of Battlefield V will no doubt want to check out this Firestorm gameplay trailer.

Play Black Desert Online for Free

I totally missed this. Thankfully the crew at Blue's News is on the ball!

Players will enjoy jaw-dropping graphics, intuitive skill-based combat, and an immersive story encased in our expansive world that’s just waiting to be explored. Accompanied by a Black Spirit, a companion whose destiny is intertwined with their own, players will discover the secret of the Black Stones and the history of their corrupting effects. 

Facebook On Keeping Passwords Secure

It looks like Facebook has screwed the pooch...again. Here's what happened and here is the company's statement:

As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems. This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable. We have fixed these issues and as a precaution we will be notifying everyone whose passwords we have found were stored in this way.

What The WHO Gets Wrong About Video Games

Ummmm, everything?

It is clear that video games bring people together and have a positive impact on our daily lives. That is why it is so alarming that the World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed the addition of “gaming disorder” to its global disease classification handbook. This proposal sets a harmful precedent by stigmatizing people who enjoy playing video games and downplaying the real consequences of other recognized mental health disorders.

Intel Announces 2019 Partner of the Year Awards

Today Intel recognized the outstanding achievements of 24 partners with the distinction of Partner of the Year at its Intel Partner Connect 2019 conference for the Americas region. The Partner of the Year award honors companies that employ Intel technologies and solutions while demonstrating excellence in technology platform design and integrated solutions sales, marketing and training.

Epic Games Announces $100,000,000 Epic MegaGrants Initiative

Today during the “State of Unreal” GDC opening session, Epic Games launched Epic MegaGrants, committing $100,000,000 to assist game developers, media and entertainment creators, enterprise professionals, students, educators, and tools developers doing outstanding work with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community. Epic MegaGrants marks an evolution from Epic’s Unreal Dev Grants program, a $5,000,000 fund initially launched in 2015, which awarded its final grants earlier this week. 

Amazon Is Blocking Ads For Unprofitable Products

And this is news...why? I'm not trying to be a dick but why would you advertise your least popular items? Dumb article is dumb.

As Amazon steps up its effort to show Wall Street it can generate profits, the e-commerce giant is aggressively blocking money-losing products from advertising on its site. 

Startup’s Robot Can Tidy Up a Messy House

The robot rolls up to a towel, drops an arm to grasp it and then scoots along to release it in a laundry bin. It zips up to pens scattered across the floor to grab and then place them into a box. Take a break, Roomba. Preferred Networks has been developing this home cleaning robot since early last year, and it’s moving us closer to a reality of robots as home helpers.

Riding Shotgun in Cockpit of the Future

One day, controlling a vehicle won’t take more than a word and a glance. At the GPU Technology Conference this week, our partners are showing how NVIDIA DRIVE IX can enhance the driver’s situational awareness, assist in driving functions and provide intelligent interactions between the vehicle and its occupants.

An open platform for intelligent cockpits, DRIVE IX supports a wide range of partner technologies to provide a comprehensive set of capabilities to automakers, suppliers and startups. GTC attendees were able to experience this next-generation technology firsthand, sitting in the NVIDIA BB8 test vehicle equipped with our partners’ DRIVE IX software integrations.

Troll, RTX-powered Ray-Tracing Demo, Wows GDC

Jaw-dropping graphics might not be the first thing you think of when talking about trolls — until now. A visually stunning ray-tracing demo rendered in real time using Unreal Engine 4.22 and powered by a single GeForce RTX 2080 Ti — “Troll,” from Goodbye Kansas and Deep Forest Films — stunned a packed audience at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, on Wednesday.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi launches Alliance Intelligent Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive alliance, today announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform that is enabling Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly all 200 markets served by the Alliance member companies. Culminating joint development efforts between the Alliance and Microsoft, the auto industry’s first global and most ambitious connected vehicle program will be deployed utilizing cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT technologies provided by Microsoft Azure. Azure provides the Alliance with a global data platform to securely capture, manage and analyze vehicle data to deliver intelligent services based on the vast volume of data created by connected vehicles.

College Basketball Gets Smarter with Intel AI

College basketball teams are using Keemotion’s artificial intelligence (AI) solution powered by Intel® AI to capture and analyze live game footage. Team coaches can make adjustments during games and practices in a way not previously possible. This cutting-edge technology helped catapult Yale to the Ivy League title and its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance.

Intel Spotlights PC Gaming Innovation at 2019 Game Developers Conference

At the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Intel showcased a new graphics application, community program and technology demonstrations that enable the game development community to make the PC the best place to play. As a technology leader with a deep history of innovation in gaming, the company also announced new initiatives that support game developers and foster growth of gaming on the PC platform.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thermaltake V200 TG RGB Mid Tower Review

Need a new mid-tower case? NikKTech says the Thermaltake V200 TG RGB is a worthy candidate that is also easy on the wallet.

Thermaltake probably has the largest selection of tempered glass RGB illuminated PC cases in the world currently and today we'll be taking a look at yet another from the recently introduced ones, the V200 TG RGB Mid Tower model.

MSI GTX 1660 GAMING X & VENTUS XS Review

TweakTown has posted a double header review featuring the MSI GTX 1660 GAMING X and the VENTUS XS.

NVIDIA continues to utterly dominate with GeForce graphics card releases and the new GeForce GTX 1660 is yet another winner. AMD has nothing to compete with this constant barrage of releases until it gets Navi out the gate, but NVIDIA will easily drop its prices and compete on even better footing in a few months time.

More Epic Games Store Exclusives

Damn, Epic Games isn't messing around. Today’s announcements include:
  • Following the successful launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on the Epic Games store, Ubisoft and the Epic Games store announced an extension to their agreement that will bring several major PC releases to the store in partnership with their Uplay division. Details will be revealed in the future by Ubisoft.
  • Additional back catalog titles from Ubisoft are confirmed for Epic’s free games program.
  • Take-Two Interactive’s Private Division will bring highly anticipated titles The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Entertainment and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey from Panache Digital Games to the Epic Games store.
  • Award-winning studio Quantic Dream will bring its critically acclaimed portfolio -- Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human -- to PC for the first time, exclusively to the store.

Google Stadia's Data Cap Drawback

Although this is interesting and all, the fact remains that even with the best gigabit internet service you can buy in your area, the issue of data caps is what will doom Google Stadia to fail. Just using Netflix, Hulu, an Xbox One and PS4, I am up against my data cap (1TB) every single month.  Upgrading to an unlimited plan just to use Stadia would be an additional $60 a month where I live.

Stranger Things 3 Official Trailer

I can't wait for season 3 to start!

Chaos High-Performance Physics and Destruction System

I want to get excited for this but how many times have we seen tech demos like this that never really delivered on the promise. Fingers crossed.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.3

AMD has released a brand new set of graphics card drivers today. This update to AMD's driver software suite brings new game support, stability updates and a host of other fixes. The highlights of this latest driver release include:

Support For
  • Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice
  • Generation Zero
Fixed Issues
  • Rainbow Six Siege™ may experience intermittent corruption or flickering on some game textures during gameplay.
  • DOTA™2 VR may experience stutter on some HMD devices when using the Vulkan® API.
Known Issues
  • Mouse cursors may disappear or move out of the boundary of the top of a display on AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.
  • Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.

World of Warcraft Welcome Back Weekend

Welcome back, to that same old place that you laughed about. Who'd have thought they'd lead ya...who'd have thought they'd lead ya...back here where we need ya! (song)

Join the Welcome Back Weekend March 21–24. Battle for Azeroth™ is in full swing, and everyone is needed on the front lines. This weekend, we’re upgrading all inactive World of Warcraft accounts, granting returning players full access to the game* and all their characters—including the Battle for Azeroth trial experience, for those who don’t own the latest expansion—through March 24.

EU Fines Google $1.7 Billion

This fine brings the company's three year total to just over $9 billion.

The European Commission has fined google €1.49 billion ($1.69 billion) over what it calls "abusive practices in online advertising." That's on top of the $5 billion and $2.4 billion fines it slapped on the search giant in 2018 and 2017. Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google "shielded itself from competitive pressure" via exclusive advertising contracts with publishers. Google did this mainly through its AdSense service, which dominated 70 percent of the market in Europe over a 10 year period.

Do Large Computer Cases Still Make Sense?

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on cases and I think Linus has a point here. Also, some times it's all about preference.

Anthem – Post Launch Update

Oh look, Casey Hudson apologizing AGAIN about a Bioware game post launch.

Whew.  How’s everyone doing out there?  It’s been a wild ride these last few weeks.  On the one hand it’s been a rougher launch than expected.  But then as I think back we also knew that big new online games tend to hit some kind of problem once they go live, so as much as we tested and prepared to make sure everything was ready, we were also ready for the possibility that unexpected issues might arise at launch.  And we continue to be committed to responding to them.

Quake II RTX

NVIDIA'a CEO Jensen Huang presents the newly-created Quake II RTX demo during the opening keynote of GTC 2019.

Kaspersky Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple

Another week, another antitrust complaint filed against Apple.

Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab filed today an antitrust complaint against Apple with Russian authorities in regards to the OS maker's monopolistic grip over its official App Store. Kaspersky claims that Apple used its power over the App Store and the entire iOS app ecosystem to force its engineers into removing two features from the Kaspersky Safe Kids iOS app --namely app control and Safari browser blocking.

Why Your Newsfeed SUCKS

Although this is a sponsored video, this is really good stuff.

Driving the New Memory and Storage Frontier in 2019

Intel is not a company that simply dabbles in memory and storage; it’s a company focused on data-centric transformation, of disrupting the memory and storage market with key technologies that bridge cost and performance gaps in the memory and storage hierarchy. We’re building the future for a smart, connected, data-centric world — and the future is now.

Consider this: Memory and storage is vital to the computing experience. Computing advances would not be possible without the evolution of memory and storage. And in today’s data-driven world, the need for moving, storing and processing data requires forward-thinking storage capabilities and cutting-edge innovation in the memory and storage space.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Cooler Master MasterCase NR600 Review

My review of the Cooler Master MasterCase NR600 is live over at Tom's Hardware. If you are in the market for a sleek and stylish case that is as easy on the eyes as it is your wallet, this is the case for you.
The flush-mounted tempered-glass side, mesh front panel and minimalistic design give Cooler Master's MasterBox NR600 a sleek and stylish look that would be right at home in almost any environment.

Corsair M65 RGB Elite Review

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is on the OCInside test bench today. Thit the link to check it out.

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite Gaming Mouse has a new sensor and an anodized aluminum frame. The weight has been reduced and the thumb buttons have been adjusted. Whether we like the new Corsair M65 RGB Elite Gaming mouse, we show in the following review.

HP Reverb Hands-On

My friends and colleagues over at Tom's Hardware got a little hands-on time with the HP Reverb.

HP is looking to poach HTC Vive Pro fans with its new Reverb VR headset debuting in late April. Its resolution—twice that of the Vive Pro—plus a lightweight, comfortable fit and impressive $599 price tag should be enough to make the incumbent premium VR headset sweat--especially since it didn't make my face do so. 

ASUS Zenith Extreme Alpha Motherboard

The fellas over at TweakTown took ASUS' Zenith Extreme Alpha motherboard around the block a few times to see what it was capable of.

You might have seen our review of the Zenith Extreme before, but this new motherboard is designed to go above and beyond in regards to its VRMs and features. Let's see how this new motherboard delivers.

AMD Radeon GPUs Tapped for New Generation Gaming Platform, Google Stadia

Building on a close, long-term collaboration between the two companies, AMD today announced that Google selected high-performance, custom AMD Radeon datacenter GPUs for its Vulkan® and Linux®-based Google Stadia. Google announced the platform today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Calif. AMD also is supporting Google with its software development tools and Linux-based, open-source Vulkan driver to help game developers optimize future titles to run on the new GPU-powered platform. 

“By combining our gaming DNA and datacenter technology leadership with a long-standing commitment to open platforms, AMD provides unique technologies and expertise to enable world-class cloud gaming experiences,” said Ogi Brkic, corporate vice president and general manager of the Datacenter GPU Business Unit at AMD. “AMD is delighted to work with Google in its effort to bring amazing gaming experiences to legions of gamers around the world with the reliability and no-compromises performance they expect.”

Google Stadia Tech Demo

At the Google GDC keynote presentation this morning, Phil Harrison introduced Stadia, a new cloud gaming platform powered by Google. A key feature of Stadia is that it makes multi-GPU computing available to everyone through the cloud.

Kickstarter Employees Plan to Unionize

If only there was a way for these guys to raise money to unionize...

Employees at Kickstarter, the decade-old crowdfunding platform, are planning to unionize—potentially making them the first organized labor force among major tech firms.

[H]ardOCP To Go Dark

This is a sad day. 😔

Effective April 1, 2019 I will be taking on the position of Director of Enthusiast Engagement for Intel’s Technology Leadership Marketing group. Intel wants to reconnect with the top of the high-performance consumer pyramid which contains hardware enthusiasts, overclockers, gamers, and content creators. This is the part of our community that has great influence through word of mouth and online engagement. 

NZXT Announces HUE 2 RGB Ambient Lighting Kit

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces the HUE 2 Ambient RGB Lighting Kit V2, powered by CAM. The updated version of the HUE 2 RGB Ambient Kit brings product improvements that make installation easier and help ensures that the included LED strips will be securely attached to your monitor. In addition, CAM provides users with numerous lighting modes including an ambient lighting mode that reacts to the images on your screen. The HUE 2 ecosystem delivers the broadest line of RGB lighting accessories for PC Builders with over 10 different accessories such as the HUE 2 RGB lighting kit, underglow kit, AER RGB 2 fans, and cable combs.

Facebook's Stock Just Had Its Worst Day Of 2019

It's only March, how bad can it be? Facebook "hold my beer."

Facebook shares had their worst day of the year Monday, falling 3.3 percent and extending last week's losses. The drop came after the company lost its chief product officer, Chris Cox, last week. Analysts at Needham downgraded the stock on Monday over growing concern that more top executives could follow the leads of Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, who also resigned. 

Huang Kicks Off GTC, Focuses On Datacenter Momentum, Blue Chip Partners

Founder and CEO Jensen Huang delivered a sweeping opening keynote at San Jose State University, describing the company’s progress accelerating the sprawling datacenters that power the world’s most dynamic industries.

With a record GTC registered attendance of 9,000, he rolled out a spate of new technologies, detailed their broad adoption by industry leaders including Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and Lenovo, and highlighted how NVIDIA technologies are relied on by some of the world’s biggest names, including Accenture, Amazon, Charter Communications, Microsoft and Toyota.

NVIDIA and AWS Are Helping AI Startups Grow Faster

NVIDIA is partnering with Amazon Web Services to provide leading-edge infrastructure to startups so they can innovate and grow. Our new collaboration gives some of the industry’s hottest, most innovative AI startups access to advanced technology, training and support. Starting today, members of either company’s startup program — NVIDIA Inception or AWS Activate — are eligible to receive benefits provided by the other.

NVIDIA and Toyota Partner to Create Safer Autonomous Transportation

Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) and NVIDIA today announced a new collaboration to develop, train and validate self-driving vehicles. The partnership builds on an ongoing relationship with Toyota to utilize the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xavier™ AV computer and is based on close development between teams from NVIDIA, TRI-AD in Japan and Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in the United States. 

NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation Now Available

NVIDIA today announced the NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation™ autonomous vehicle simulation platform is now available. The cloud-based platform enables millions of miles to be driven in virtual worlds across a broad range of scenarios — from routine driving to rare and dangerous situations — with greater efficiency, cost-effectiveness and safety than what is possible to achieve in the real world.

NVIDIA Introduces DRIVE AV Safety Force Field

NVIDIA today bolstered its NVIDIA DRIVE™ AV autonomous vehicle software suite with a planning and control layer designed to enable a safe and comfortable driving experience. A primary component of this software is Safety Force Field™ (SFF™), a robust driving policy that protects the vehicle, its occupants and other road users.

Monday, March 18, 2019

NVIDIA Adding Ray Tracing To GeForce GTX GPUs

NVIDIA today announced several developments that reinforce NVIDIA® GeForce® GPUs as the core platform that allows game developers to add real-time ray tracing effects to games. The announcements, which build on the central role Microsoft DirectX™ Ray Tracing (DXR) plays in the PC gaming ecosystem, include:

  • Integration of real-time ray tracing into Unreal Engine and Unity, the world’s most popular commercial game engines.
  • NVIDIA is adding ray tracing support to GeForce GTX GPUs(1), giving developers a massive installed base of tens of millions of gamers.
  • The introduction of NVIDIA GameWorks RTX™, a comprehensive set of tools and rendering techniques that help game developers add ray tracing to games.
  • New games and experiences that showcase real-time ray tracing such as Dragonhound, Quake II RTX and others.

Corsair Carbide 678C Review

My review of the Corsair Carbide 678C has been published today at Tom's Hardware. Make sure you take a moment to check it out.
Featuring sophisticated design with concealed external bay for front-panel devices (or an optical drive), the Carbide 678C may be just the case for those who value old-school RGB-free style and whisper-quiet operation.

This Month's Hypothermia + Patreon Giveaway!

This month's Hypothermia / Patreon giveaway is a shiny new Ryzen 5 2600 CPU! We did an Intel CPU last month so we thought it only fair to go AMD this time.


Also, just a reminder that Hypothermia readers are allowed one entry per day and, as an added bonus for being a Patreon backer, you automatically get an extra daily entry for being a Patreon backer. If you aren't a Patreon backer, now would be a good time to join! To enter, simply drop us an email at contest@hypothermia.us with "Ryzen 5 2600" in the subject line.

We do NOT share your email address or information with anyone...EVER. 

SilverStone Lucid LD01 mATX Review

Those of you in the market for a new mATX case might want to check out this review of the SilverStone Lucid LD01.

The Silverstone Lucid LD01 is a classically designed micro-ATX enclosure that is very offers many possibilities. Inside there is a lot of space for various installation options. The feedthroughs are smartly mounted and coated with rubber throughout, so you can expect no short circuits here by chafing.

Crucial MX500 250GB SSD Storage Review

The crew at Hardware Slave had a lot of good things to say about the Crucial MX500 250GB SSD they just reviewed.

We have had the Crucial MX500 250GB for a few months now and so it’s about time we got round to reviewing it. Crucial sent this over to us a while ago and ever since we have been running the MX500 250GB SSD for a long period of time, allowing us to understand its day to day performance, and by the performance, we don’t just mean test results.

Intel Comet Lake CPUs: Rumors, Release Date

Tom's Hardware is sharing everything they know about Intel's upcoming Comet Lake CPUs.

Changing a CPU roadmap is like steering a supertanker -- big course corrections take time. Due to the typically multi-year process of developing and fielding a new processor, Intel's response to AMD's Ryzen CPUs has been slow and exacerbated by its tardy jump to the 10nm node.

US DoE and Intel to Deliver First Exascale Supercomputer

Intel Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will deliver the first supercomputer with a performance of one exaFLOP in the United States. The system being developed at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory* in Chicago, named “Aurora,” will be used to dramatically advance scientific research and discovery. The contract is valued at more than $500 million and will be delivered to Argonne National Laboratory by Intel and sub-contractor Cray Inc.* in 2021.

Western Digital SN750 Review

It looks as though the crew at RHR had mixed feelings about Western Digital's SN750 solid state drive.

The Western Digital SN750 may still pack quite a punch, but the fact of the matter is the controller it uses is getting a tad outdated to justify its asking price. Especially when combined with ‘last generation’ BiCS 3 TLC NAND.

Apex Legends Cheaters Hit With Permanent Hardware Bans

Hahaha! It warms my heart every time I hear of cheaters getting banned!

While there are some ways (difficult as they may be) around Respawn’s hardware ban, most cheaters are still furious. Their anger isn’t just directed at Respawn, but at the websites or companies that sold them the cheats. A good majority of these cheats cost anywhere from $60 to $150, depending on the program. 

Corsair Carbide Series 678C Review

Vortez has published a review of the Corsair Carbide Series 678C today. For comparison purposes, you can see our review here.

Corsair adds an E-ATX capable mid-tower to the Carbide Series which focuses primarily on silence. With PWM fan controller, USB 3.1 Gen2 and more... is this the best silent enclosure money can buy?

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remastered 1.0.0

Star Wars: Dark Forces remastered using Unreal Engine 4? Let's hope this turns into something more than a tech demo.

Anyone Else Seeing This?

I had a reader send me this screenshot today. A quick search of the internet shows that this is some kind of issue between Avast and Blogger. That said, I am fully digging into this with both Blogger (who assures me there is no issue) and Avast. Anyone else seeing this?

How to Watch NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang’s Keynote Monday at GTC

Just a reminder: Kicking off a frenzied week of innovation, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang will deliver on Monday the opening keynote address at the 10th annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Silicon Valley. Huang, speaking at the San Jose State University Events Center at 2 pm Pacific, will highlight the company’s latest innovations in AI, autonomous vehicles and robotics.

Project Sol Part 3

Real-time ray-tracing aside, this is actually fun to watch!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Check Your Inbox!

The winner of this month's Patreon / Hypothermia giveaway has been selected so check your inbox (and spam filter), you may be the lucky winner of an Intel i7-8086K processor!


Also, just a reminder that Hypothermia readers are allowed one entry per day and, as an added bonus for being a Patreon backer, you automatically get an extra daily entry for being a Patreon backer. If you aren't a Patreon backer, now would be a good time to join!

Mark Ruffalo Takes Avengers: Endgame Lie Detector Test

Considering Mark Ruffalo is one of the WORST at keeping secrets, this interview is telling...in many ways.

Turtle Beach Agrees to Acquire Roccat for $19.2M

My friend and colleagues at Tom's Hardware have the run down on Turtle Beach acquiring the rights to Roccat for $19.2 million dollars.

Turtle Beach has agreed to acquire Roccat for $14.8 million in cash, $3.4 million in earn-out payments, and $1 million in cash or stock (Roccat's choice) for a total cost of $19.2 million.

Axiom Verge Say Publisher Owes Them Over $250k

How does stuff like this happen?

The bad news is that the game’s distributor Limited Run Games and its business manager Dan Adelman have said that its publisher BadLand Games still owes them around a quarter million dollars.

Steel Division 2 Delayed

Doing my daily rounds on the internet I notice that Steel Division 2 has been delayed. Bummer. As always, thanks to Blue's for the news!

We’re excited for Steel Division players to finally experience what we’ve been working so hard on behind closed doors when the Steam beta launches,” said Pierre-Yves Navetat, Marketing and Communication Manager at Eugen Systems. “This beta will allow us time to incorporate player feedback and ensure players the best launch day experience with Steel Division 2.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

We’ve Entered the Golden Age of Gaming While Pooping

Hehe....the tile says "Gaming While Pooping." Trust me, dragging your console into the bathroom is WAY easier than you gaming PC. Just saying'.

I played Hitman 2 on the toilet for an hour today without dragging my console and flatscreen into the bathroom. This might seem like a small victory, but it felt huge. Thanks to the magic of smartphones, I streamed the assassination sandbox to my phone while doing my normal mid-day business. 

Steam: User Reviews Revisited

Some time ago we made some changes to how we presented the User Reviews for games, and their resulting Review Score. We talked about those changes in this blog post. As we describe in that post, we want to ensure that players who've played a game can voice their opinions about why other people should or shouldn't buy the game, and that our summary of those opinions into a single Review Score should represent the likelihood that a future purchaser will be happy with their purchase. 

Drone Strike Force Closed Beta

Blue's News posted a bit of info on the Drone Strike Force closed beta

Odisi Games today announced it is producing and publishing Drone Strike Force, a new competitive multiplayer aerial shooter developed by NGD Studios (Master of Orion, Champions of Regnum). Sign-ups are now open at www.dronestrikeforce.com for the game’s Windows PC closed beta, which begins today.